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Mechanical contractor pays it forward

May 11, 2017 by Kerry Turner

  Mechanical contractor Patrick Waunch, who is president and CEO of Rambow Mechanical in Kelowna, BC, is the recipient of the Canadian Construction Association’s 2016 CCA Trade Contractors Award. The association cited Waunch’s “infectious enthusiasm and dedication to the growth

Article HPAC GeneralHydronicsPlumbing

The case for stainless steel water heater tanks

March 21, 2017 Robert Waters

Despite the higher price tag, stainless steel water heater tanks are often more cost effective when lifecycle costs are compared and should be presented as such. Domestic water heating appliances are the real foot soldiers of the mechanical world. They

Article Geothermal

Delivering on the promise of renewable energy

March 21, 2017 Ian McTeer

Utilizing the heat migrating up from earth’s 6100C inner core to produce electricity (geothermal energy) and to help comfort condition buildings year-round (geothermal HVAC) seems like a logical choice. The question is why aren’t we doing more of it? The

Article Hydronics

Simple and sophisticated hydronic systems

March 21, 2017 John Siegenthaler

As the North American hydronics industry has grown, so has the complexity of its systems. Many installations that are now featured as award winning examples of hydronic heating contain thousands of parts and pieces. They can be so complex that

Article Plumbing

Grease management: Pitfalls to avoid

March 20, 2017 Andrew Bird

As unpleasant and challenging to work with as they are, grease interceptors are a necessary and vital part of the plumbing system for commercial, industrial and institutional applications. The professional contractor has a number of roles to play in this

Article Management

What to consider when expanding your business

March 20, 2017 Hank Bulmash

Growing your business by expanding to another province is a big step and the process can be complicated. Before beginning operations in a second province you have to determine if your company is legally able to do business there. Federally

Article ControlsHydronics

Hydronic controls: A look ahead

March 19, 2017 Mike Miller

When I started my career some 25 years ago hydronic controls were pretty rudimentary. At best, they could control what they were designed for, but they were pretty much standalone. There were little application controllers and were often only good

Article EngineeringHVAC SystemsRefrigeration

Introduction to refrigeration defrost methods-Part II

March 19, 2017 Dave Demma

Refrigeration systems operating with saturated suction temperatures below freezing will eventually experience an accumulation of frost on the evaporator tubes and fins. The frost serves as an insulator between the heat to be transferred from the space and the refrigerant,

Article HVAC SystemsPlumbing

New codes, regulations and policies change landscape for mechanical industry

February 17, 2017 Robert Waters

The HVAC and plumbing industry in Canada is in for some profound changes with the coming wave of new building codes, policies and regulations. All levels of government–federal, provincial and municipal–are pushing hard to go green and reduce the impact

Article Hydronics

Important updates to CSA B214 Installation Code for Hydronic Heating Systems

February 16, 2017 Lance MacNevin

It is well known in industry circles that when designed and installed correctly, hydronic heating and cooling systems deliver the highest possible efficiency and comfort to building occupants. Likewise, hydronic snow and ice melting systems provide safety, convenience and access

Article Hydronics

Piping layouts to avoid in hydronic systems

February 15, 2017 John Siegenthaler

Einstein’s definition of insanity was doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. If that is true, there are some “insane” hydronic system designers in North America. They repeatedly cling to certain system piping configurations, even though

Article CoolingEngineeringForced AirHeatingHVAC Systems

How do you say quality is in the air?

February 15, 2017 Ian McTeer

Contractors and technicians find themselves on the front line trying to help occupants obtain the benefits of cleaner air. The American philosopher, naturalist and historian, Henry David Thoreau, best known for his 1854 book, Walden, wrote, “What is the use

Article Hydronics

More pointers for commercial pumps

February 14, 2017 Mike Miller

In HPAC’s December 2016 issue the article Troubleshooting Pointers for Commercial Pumps discussed some of the more common but simple reasons for pump issues that may be resolved without major work. This article serves as a continuation of that discussion

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How water behaves in hydronic systems

February 13, 2017 Mark Olson

Designers of modern hydronic systems strive for two important objectives: a reliable system and an energy efficient system. Achieving these requires proper equipment selection as well as attention to water quality. Unfortunately the latter is often overlooked, or left to

refrigeration defrost
Article HVAC SystemsRefrigeration

Introduction to refrigeration defrost methods — Part I

February 10, 2017 Dave Demma and Bob Schindler

It is inevitable that refrigeration systems operating with saturated suction temperatures below freezing will eventually experience an accumulation of frost on the evaporator tubes and fins. The frost serves as an insulator between the heat to be transferred from the

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Get HVAC systems off to a good start

December 21, 2016 Ian McTeer

Whether it is a Canadian general election or a U.S. presidential contest, there always seems to be one candidate will promise to stimulate the economy by cutting taxes, relaxing regulations, eliminating red tape, and reducing the size of government. This

Article EngineeringHydronicsPlumbing

We need thermal storage tanks with lower standby loss

December 19, 2016 John Siegenthaler

Thermal storage tanks play an important role in several types of hydronic heating and cooling systems. This is especially true of systems with renewable energy heat sources such as solar thermal collectors, heat pumps, or biomass boilers. The most common

Article ControlsEngineeringHydronics

Troubleshooting pointers for commercial pumps

December 18, 2016 Mike Miller

When troubleshooting commercial pumps it is always important to note the type of symptoms, the point at which the symptoms began and the time period over which the symptoms developed. In particular, consider whether something changed in the system prior

Article EngineeringHydronics

The effect of heating coil performance on boiler efficiency and system complexity

December 17, 2016 Robert Bean

Lately I have been noticing during reviews that designers are selecting fan/coils without regard to system efficiency and control simplicity. A few extra minutes of evaluation can add several efficiency points while eliminating the need for mixing strategies. Let’s start

Article HPAC GeneralPlumbing

In it for the long haul

December 16, 2016 Doug Picklyk

A Canadian has landed in the Guinness World Records as the oldest actively employed plumber, and at 92 years old, Lorne Figley of Saskatoon, SK has no intention of laying down his wrench any time soon. It was Figley’s daughter,

Article HVAC SystemsRefrigeration

Common causes of refrigerant leaks and how to fix them

December 15, 2016 Dave Demma

I met with a supermarket chain recently and the subject of refrigerant leaks came up. This is not surprising given the fact that R22 prices continue to escalate as the supply continues to shrink. I asked the director of facilities

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Beyond the furnace tune-up

October 26, 2016 Ian McTeer

A furnace tune-up is really a comprehensive maintenance job. Contractors know that it is essential to maintain a long-term relationship with every customer by providing timely preventive maintenance (PM) at least once per year. It is better to work with

Siegenthaler
Article ControlsEngineeringHydronics

Changing flow direction for optimal heat exchanger performance

October 26, 2016 John Siegenthaler

Many systems with renewable energy heat sources also have large thermal storage tanks. Examples include systems using biomass boilers and solar thermal collectors. I call these heat sources “wild” since they can operate over a wide range of conditions and

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How to size refrigeration correctly for the box and application

October 26, 2016 Dave Demma

The key to a properly operating walk-in box system starts with a good design and the basis of a good design is to accurately determine what the refrigeration heat load is. To do this one has to realize that heat

water usage
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Technology exists to move Canada closer to the European average water usage, the only obstacle is ourselves

October 26, 2016 Steve Goldie

“Water, water, every where, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink.” It has been 40 years since I first read these words in my high school English class and for some reason

Construct Canada,The Buildings Show
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Show Preview: Construct Canada 2016

October 26, 2016 Doug Picklyk

The 28th annual Construct Canada show, the country’s largest building, design and construction event, will run Wednesday, November 30 through Friday, December 2 in downtown Toronto at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, located at the base of the CN Tower.

Article HPAC GeneralManagement

The 4 Rs of selling in a competitive market

October 26, 2016 Mark Evans

What is the right path to success in business? There are many answers to this question and for every answer opinions abound as to which one is right. Everyone would agree that finding success is one thing, keeping it is

Article ConstructionControlsCoolingEngineeringForced AirHeatingHPAC GeneralHVAC SystemsHydronics

It is time HVAC system design grew up

October 25, 2016 Robert Bean

Recently Wilma Leung, my new favourite sage, and her progressive team from BC Housing-Homeowner Protection Office hosted 340 builders and affiliated service providers from British Columbia to participate in my class on thermal comfort for vulnerable populations. The program included

HRAI,Belimo,Ellul
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Proactive approach sets tone for HRAI’s 48th annual conference

October 21, 2016 Kerry Turner

The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute (HRAI) held its annual conference August 24 to 26 at the Hyatt Regency in Calgary, AB. Themed Making Every Connection Matter, the event opened with a Year in Review presentation. While reviewing material

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Article Plumbing

Saving big with little changes

October 21, 2016 Jon Gustafson

Professionals looking to boost water conservation often set their sights on the biggest — and often most expensive — water-using equipment in a facility. But while big-ticket items are an important part of overall conservation, there is a lot to